Sunday, 17 July 2016

The Dorchester Hotel Spa - Carol Joy London

The Dorchester Hotel Spa - Carol Joy London
The Dorchester Hotel Spa
WHIITELIST reviews the spa at London’s luxurious and iconic Dorchester Hotel, with a focus on the signature facial by Carol Joy London and traditional afternoon tea in the intimate Spatisserie.
Back in May, I visited the spa at one of the world’s most historically luxurious hotels, The Dorchester.
It was to be  Saturday morning of pure relaxation and indulgence in afternoon tea...for one.
As a new mother, this was one of the first times that I had ‘me’ time...well ‘alone’ time as I had recently visited the Spa at the Corinthia (you may remember here) but I wasn’t alone!

I had a 10:45am appointment for my Carol Joy London signature facial and was running late, due to breastfeeding etc.
This is one of those times when you can legitimately be late for an appointment and blame the baby, ha!
As I left Hyde Park corner tube station, and hurriedly made my way past Hyde Park and was suitably flustered in Mayfair, I arrived at the entrance where high society, world leaders, royalty and celebrities had passed through and knew I had arrived.
Chandelier The Dorchester Hotel Spa - Carol Joy London
Chandelier in entrance at the Dorchester Hotel Spa
There is a saying about the ‘cherry on the top’ that doesn’t apply here, the oasis that is The Dorchester Spa actually lies underground. It’s the ‘cherry down 1 floor’!
Out of the elevator doors, I saw white fresh flowers, glistening white design, sparkling chandeliers, a zen mix of glamour and the contemporary, truly stunning.
Once checked in, I was shown to the changing room, walking past the manicure-pedicure suite, Carol Joy hair salon, and barber shop and finally to my locker where beautiful details such as handwritten note were awaiting me inside of my locker.
Changing Room The Dorchester Hotel Spa - Carol Joy London
Changing Room at Dorchester Hotel Spa
With little time to spare before my treatment began, I didn’t have a chance to sample the delights of the aromatic steam room and experience showers (although they looked divine) I waited for my therapist Katie to show me to one of the nine spacious treatment rooms for my Carol Joy London signature facial.  This was definitely one of those ‘no phone’ moments as I prepared myself to switch off and relax.

Katie began the treatment following a brief consultation, and I closed my eyes whilst she cleansed the morning off my face with the Carol Joy London cleanser. Honestly, there isn’t anything like someone else cleansing your face, the swirling motions of just knowing that the dirt is being lifted from your pores. As I floated in and out of consciousness, I was aware that the extraction process had begun when I began to feel steam on my face and the gentle pressure of extraction. After cleansing it is advised that one use the Carol Joy boosting toner daily coupled with the Carol Joy, touch of softness an exfoliator to be used no more than thrice weekly.

Katie had begun to apply the Carol Joy, collagen mask when she gave me the choice of acupressure scalp massage, leg and foot massage, hand and arm massage or a digestion calming stomach massage; I swiftly chose the hand and arm massage whilst the collagen mask and the lifting mask worked it’s magic on my face. Already my skin was starting to feel lighter and decongested.

My eyes were massaged around the socket with the Carol Joy, For Her Eyes Only cream (which I currently use morning and evening daily), then the Carol Joy Forevermore serum was applied before ending with the Carol Joy Daycare cream. After the 60 minutes, my face felt completely different did it feel that I confidently posted a bare-faced selfie to my Twitter.
Relaxation Room The Dorchester Hotel Spa - Carol Joy London
Relaxation Room
After the treatment, whilst I was still on Cloud 9, waiting for my shocking fall back to Earth, did Kate show me into one 1930s art-deco inspired relaxation room. I was surrounded by blue fabric walls, chaise longues upholstered in velvet, a rose and cucumber water in my hand and many magazines at my disposal...I was definitely still in Heaven! Whilst I looked forward to my sitting at the Spatisserie next door (an opportunity to fill myself with beautifully cut sandwiches without crusts, sweets and yummy teas) I stretched out on the Chaise Longue and tucked into my Tatler magazine.

Time certainly does fly by when you’re in deep relaxation and having had the whole of the relaxation room to myself bar a couple of people floating in and out, I was shown to the Spatisserie, possibly one of the most instagrammable places in London. I tried to capture the beauty on my Instagram here, but gave up when I saw a tower of the most delicious sandwiches I have ever tried heading towards me. It is certainly the only luxurious place to dine where the dress code is as informal as bathrobes!
sPatisserie The Dorchester Hotel Spa - Carol Joy London
My time came to end after a few hours, and I couldn’t finish all the delights myself, so the staff was so kind to pack takeaway boxes for me to bring home, which was a lovely finish to the most wonderful morning of too much goodness. An oxymoron in itself.

What do you think? Will you be heading to The Dorchester Spa for a day of relaxation? Which Carol Joy London product would you like to try?

SAL xx

Thank you to The Dorchester for the most wonderful morning Full Disclaimer



  1. Great! I had a relax in this summer. It was a great weekend for me! I like to have a leasure time in spa.

    1. Thanks Rodger, the Dorchester spa is for men and women and not just for men...!


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